Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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January 23, 2013

Gov. Pence's State of the State address

(Continued)

Greensburg — And our budget funds our priorities:

Our budget proposes an increase in funding for education, including full

day kindergarten,

and fully funds teacher pensions each of the next two years. As a result,

education

represents 64 percent of all state expenditures.

In addition, we provide $18 million over two years to ensure that all

Hoosier workers

have the skills to find a job in today's economy.

And since roads mean jobs, we're investing nearly $347 million in excess

reserves

on Indiana's roads, bridges and infrastructure.

Our budget creates a partnership with Indiana's life sciences industry

and our universities,

to spur research and produce high-paying jobs.

And because Indiana is agriculture we envision our state becoming a hub

of food

and agricultural breakthroughs by supporting an Agriculture Innovation

Corridor

Our budget also ensures that the Indiana Economic Development Corporation

is adequately

equipped to both attract more business and investment to Indiana and

operate with

greater transparency and accountability to the public.

And lastly, our budget keeps faith with those to whom we owe the most.

It was Abraham Lincoln who said we must, "care for him who shall have

borne the

battle." But in Indiana, our veterans are hurting, and they need our

help. Post-9/11

Hoosier veterans have an unemployment rate higher than the national

average. We

have to do better. We owe these heroes nothing less. Heroes like Big Tim

Wysong.

He got that nickname on the football team at Hagerstown High School,

where he graduated

in 2006. He decided to join the U.S. Army and arrived in Afghanistan on

his first

deployment in 2009. One night in June, driving through a village, their

convoy came

under attack. An RPG (rocket propelled grenade) exploded on the door,

pushing copper

plating through it, destroying Tim's left leg. Nevertheless, Tim Wysong

was able

 to hold the 350-pound door shut until they were able to stop, likely

saving the

 lives of everyone in the vehicle. He's had close to two dozen surgeries.

The most

recent one was done a year ago in August. Last fall he got married and

did his first

5K.

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